Death and deliverance: the haunting true story of the Hercules crash at the North Pole

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Macfarlane Walter & Ross, Jun 17, 1992 - Travel - 271 pages
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This account explores the massive logistics of the most northerly air rescue ever mounted in history and chronicles the human drama associated with the crash of CC-130 Hercules transport plane on Oct. 30, 1991 (Flight Box Top 22), near Alert, Ellesmere Island.

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The crash was just over 13 miles from Alert and it took 32 hrs to reach the crash site due to very bad weather.

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This is a riveting story of survival, heroism and tragedy. While survivors of the air crash waited in the arctic night, in a blizzard, Canadian Forces SAR techs attempted to reach them. Though the crash site was less than ten miles from Alert, it took over a hundred hours to penetrate the darkness, cold and storm.
On the final parachute attempt ("There will be no Stop Drop.") SAR techs jumped into darkness and landed with a fourty knot gale dragging them across the ground. Every jumper sustained minor or major injuries.
Read this and you'll understand the respect and admiration our SAR forces deserve.


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